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How to enter KEiBA 2017: the most prestigious business awards in Kent

By KentOnline reporter

Entries are open for Kent's most prestigious business awards.

KEiBA 2017 is welcoming applications from amazing companies with something to shout about.

For the first time firms in the county can enter a construction project of the year category.

James and India Maybourn from James Fitness, which won the Business Commitment to the Community Award

There are also more chances to win than ever before, with 16 awards up for grabs at KEiBA 2017, short for the Kent Excellence in Business Awards.

After an overwhelming number of applicants in the SME of the year category, organisers have decided to split the award into small business of the year and medium business of the year.

The awards, now in their ninth year, are run by Kent County Council and the KM Group.

Mark Dance, Kent County Council cabinet member for economic development, said: "When you look at the business community in Kent, it is immediately clear that KEiBA is one of the most exciting things happening here.

"The awards really do show off the quality of Kent businesses and demonstrate the hard work and entrepreneurial flair in action right across the county."

Peter Shawyer and Andy McLeod of Texcel Technology won technology business of the year at last year's KEiBA
Affie Scott-Read of Childrensalon, which won the Customer Service and Commitment Award
Ben Towers was named young entrepreneur of the year at KEiBA 2016
KEiBA entrants are celebrated at a gala awards night

KM Group chairman Geraldine Allinson said: "The KEiBAs have been the county’s pre-eminent business awards for the past nine years and they showcase achievements by companies of all sizes.

"In Kent we are lucky to have a range of businesses in a variety of sectors, all of which are able to take part in this inspirational event."

The awards will be formally launched in front of more than 200 guests at Chatham Historic Dockyard on Thursday.

The deadline for entries is Friday, February 24.

For details on how to enter, click here.

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